My Secret Identity

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My Secret Identity
My Secret Identity.jpg
The Cast of My Secret Identity
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
Created by Fred Fox, Jr.
Brian Levant
Written by Wilson Coneybeare
Fred Fox, Jr.
David Garber
Richard Marcus
John May
Dawn Ritchie
Eric Weinthal
Starring Jerry O'Connell
Derek McGrath
Opening theme Fred Molli - "My Secret Identity"
Composer(s) Fred Mollin (all episodes)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 72 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Martin J. Keltz
Producer(s) John Delmage
Brian Levant
Paul Saltzman (1990-1991)
Patrick Doyle (1990-1991)
Editor(s) Christopher Cooper
Cinematography Peter Benison
Brian R.R. Hebb
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel CTV (Canada)
Syndication (United States)
Original run October 9, 1988 – May 25, 1991

My Secret Identity is a Canadian television series starring Jerry O'Connell and Derek McGrath. Originally broadcast from October 9, 1988 to May 25, 1991 on CTV in Canada, the series also aired in syndication in the United States.[1] The series won the 1989 International Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Programming for Children and Young People.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

O'Connell stars as 14-year-old Andrew Clements, who while looking one day for his friend, Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate (McGrath), trips and is hit by a photon beam, causing him to develop superpowers. He uses these abilities to fight crime, to solve personal problems and to help others. He hides his powers from his mother, sister and friends with the exception of Jeffcoate. Andrew initially called himself Ultraman, but this was later dropped.

Powers[edit]

Initially, Clements' powers include superhuman speed, invulnerability, and levitation. Clements gains super-strength after being hit by the photon beam a second time.

In the first season, Andrew must carry around aerosol spray containers and use them to move through the air, as his 'flying' ability is limited; he can make himself nearly weightless, and move up without any problems, but he cannot propel himself through the air or move down without some external force. However, he can jump quite high, and do impossible flips. In the second season, without explanation, Andrew gains the ability to move through the air without the use of aerosol cans. Later in that season, after being struck by the photon beam a second time, Andrew develops superhuman strength but loses his invulnerability.

For the entirety of the series, Andrew loses his powers when exposed to radiation (e.g. electromagnetic waves and x-rays). Early in the series he is unable to regain his powers quickly after exposure. Later in the series, he regains it immediately after the exposure stops.

Setting and characters[edit]

The main setting in the show is Toronto but mainly takes place in the fictional suburb of Briarwood. Andrew goes to Briarwood High and his sister Erin goes to another school.

Dr. Jeffcoate (supposedly the fourth-smartest man in the world) is a close friend of the family who lives next door. He is attracted to Mrs. Clements but never tells her.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasan, Zaki (June 22, 2012). "Nostalgia Theater: My Secret Identity -- "It's All In a Day's Work For Ultraman"". Zaki's Corner. Salon.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ Greer, Sandy (December 15, 1990). "No Secret To Show's Success". The Spectator TV Times. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 

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